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Oct 7, 2012 8:00am EDT
riding a new wave of momentum. president obama hailing friday's unemployment numbers. governor romney on a roll after wednesday's debate. and with just 30 days until election day some polls show the race tightening. coming up, we'll break it all down for you. >>> a new trend in an increasing number of companies pea touring overweight people in their ads. is this a new age in advertising? we'll talk about it. >>> then, this is a crazy story, listen to this, a south carolina man comes home from vacation to find things in his house just as he left them. great, no problem. but hold on. when his kids go on facebook they see something familiar, their house, with other teenagers having a wild party right there in their home. coming up, why these teens could be in big trouble all because they overshared online. >> a little risky business. >>> a bit later i'll catch up with the director and the cast of the "princess bride." it was released 25 years ago. hard to believe. didn't make a big splash at the time certainly at the box office but since then it's become so somewhat of a cult classic. its l
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Oct 15, 2012 7:00am PDT
. >> good morning. >> chuck, we'll start with you. you've seen the polls nationally tight, romney leading. this is an election that will be decided state by state. how close is the race now? >> the first debate did sort of shift things. at first you had a lot of democrats that were trying to appease themselves by saying oh, all the movement in the polls is a bunch of soft republicans that quote, unquote come home to mitt romney, he shows life and all of this, but i have to say the numbers i've seen and in talking to both campaigns, something shifted fundamentally, and it is a dead heat, but it is one of these even right after the debate with obama campaigning, yes, it is a dead heat but we have the fundamentalists in battleground states. romney folks would have conceded that. this morning, the numbers in the last 72 hours, we are in a dead heat and you see the shift. this means, savannah, this debate couldn't be more critical for president obama because if he loses this debate, then you could start seeing a momentum continue to shift to romney. i think he would pull ahead in a lot of stat
NBC
Oct 10, 2012 7:00am EDT
poll shows romney has trimmed his opponent's advantage to four points. >> i need you fired up. i need you ready to go to vote because we've got some work to do. we've got an election to win. everything that we fought for in 2008 is on the line in 2012. >> reporter: ohio is the closest thing to a must-win battleground for both campaigns no. republican president has won the white house without t.obtuse, romney waded into an explosive social issue telling "the des moines register" as president he would not pursue any legislation with regards to abortion, an apparent shift on an issue the obama campaign has tried to use against him. the president's campaign pounced writing we know the truth about where he stands on a woman's right to choose. meanwhile, the campaign's "sesame street" sideshow has turned into a regular feature. will.i.am opened the president's rally yesterday with a familiar theme ♪ sunny day." >> somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. who knew that he was driving our deficit? >> he's focused on saving big is kind of a strange thing in my view because, you se
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Oct 10, 2012 7:00am PDT
. >> reporter: and also in ohio trying to hang on to a slim lead is president obama as the new poll shows that romney's trend as the opponent advantage is trimmed to four points. >> i need you fired up and ready to vote, because we are have some work to do. we have an election to win. everything that we fought for in 2008 is on the line in 2012. >> reporter: ohio is the closest thing to a must-win battleground for both campaigns. no republican candidate has won the white house without it. mitt romney weighed into the social issue telling the "des moines register" that as president he would not pursue legislation for abortion and apparent shift on an issue that the obama campaign as tried to use against him. the president's campaign pounced on saying that we know right where he stands when it comes to a woman's option to choose. and will.i.am opened the president's rally with the familiar theme. ♪ sunny day >> somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. who knew he was driving the deficit. >> his focus on saving big bird is a strange thing in my view, because i'm focused on help
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Oct 9, 2012 7:00am EDT
presidential race and a new poll showing mitt romney now leading president obama. we'll talk about that with senator john mccain in just a couple of minutes, but first nbc's peter alexander is on the campaign trail in newport news, virginia. peter, good morning. >> reporter: matt, good morning to you. as you noted, this race appears to be tightening now with exactly four weeks to go, and on monday mitt romney, trying to present himself as a plausible commander in chief, attacked the president saying that the middle east has become a more dangerous place than when president obama took office. the latest pit stop in president obama's effort to reach his fund-raising goal of $1 billion, san francisco. >> we cannot afford to be complacent, and we cannot afford to be cynical. we've got to look back at the progress we've made, and that should give us confidence, but we have to understand that we've got a lot more to do. >> reporter: in virginia, a reinvigorated mitt romney may as we will have been singing in the rain, a downpour. >> people wonder why it is i'm so confident we're going to win.
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Oct 9, 2012 9:00am EDT
romney drummed up support of virginia as two new national polls show a volatile race. in one romney leads the president by four points among likely voters, and in the or the president leads romney by five points. >>> convicted child sexual abuser jerry sandusky receives his sentence today. the former penn state assistant football coach is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison. on the eve of his sentencing the 68-year-old released an audio recording from jail maintaining his innocence and blaming a massive conspiracy for the accusations against him. several of sdusk i's accusers are set to address the judge at this morning's hearing. >>> the death toll in a national meningitis outbreak is rising. monday night a national hospital announced the death of a patient from the rare but lethal form of meningitis linked to steroid injections given for back pain. if confirmed by the cdc, it will bring the total toll to nine. health officials now say as many as 13,000 people may have been injected with those contaminated drugs. >>> new hope for some 5 million americans suffering from
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Oct 15, 2012 7:00am EDT
start with you. you've seen the polls, nationally tight. romney leading. this is an election that will be decided state by satate. how close is this race right now? >> the first debate did shift things. at first a lot of democrats were trying to apiece themselves saying all the movement in the polls is just a bunch of soft republicans who quote, unquote come home to mitt romney. he showed life and all of this, but i have to say the numbers i've seen in talking about campaigns, something shifted fundamentally, and it's a dead heat, but it's one of these but even right after the debate you had the obama caaign, yeah, it's just a dead heat, but we've got all the fundamental advantages in the battleground states and the romney folks would have conceded that. the numbers that have come over the last 72 hours, we're in a real dead heat, and you see that shift. this means, savannah, this debate couldn't be more critical for president obama. if he loses this debate, then you could start seeing momentum just continue to shift to romney, and he would pull ahead in a lot of state. >> that br
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Oct 9, 2012 7:00am PDT
again, here is matt. >> savannah, now to the presidential race. a new poll showing mitt romney leading president obama and talk about that with senator john mccain in a couple of minutes. peter al a aal alexander is on campaign trail. >> reporter: this race is tightening with four weeks to go. on monday, mitt romney trying to present himself as a plausible commander in chief attacked the president saying the middle east has become a more dangerous place since president obama took office. the latest pit stop in president obama's effort to reach fund-raising goal of $1 billion, san francisco. >> we cannot afford to be complacent and we cannot afford to be cynical. we got to look back at the progress we have made and that should give us confidence. but we have to understand we have got a lot more to do. >> reporter: in virginia, a reinvigorated mitt romney may have been singing in the rain. a downpour. >> people wonder why it is i'm so confident we're going to win. i'm confident because i see you here on a day like this. this is unbelievable. thank you very much. >> reporter: romney may h
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Oct 13, 2012 5:00am PDT
romney in ohio. but those polls also show that the governor is closing in, within striking distance now of the president. speaking of the president, he also was in ohio this week and admitted publicly that he had a bad night out in denver for that first presidential debate. obviously a lot of republicans and democrats agreed with his assessment. the president said he was too polite and that voters can expect him to see him being a lot more active in the second debate up at hofstra university in new york. back here in ohio, paul ryan's got a big day here. he's got two stops in ohio, starting with this rally a little later this morning, and then he'll go up to minnesota before ending the night in wisconsin. he's expected to take sunday off the trail, little rest for the weary, if you will. >>> earlier, i sat down with "morning joe," asking them how they thought undecided voters would react to all the fireworks. >> i think the undecided said you know what? we'll watch some baseball this week. some football. and we'll wait for the main event again next week. we'll see if the president c
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Oct 14, 2012 6:00am PDT
point of view of the administration and we see it in the polling too that people are feeling better about the direction of the economy. that may hurt romney's argument by saying, you know, that we have to switch leadership at this point. >> before i let you go, let us know what is coming up on meet the press this morning. >> we will talk about this in our own debate setting and one on one interview with steven colbert in character and out of character as he talks about the political race and system he tries to expose. >> sounds like a good show. we will be watching. david, thanks. >> ai thanks, lester. >> you can catch the next presidential debate news night at 9:00 eastern, 6 awning pacific here on nbc. >> tom is over at the news desk. hey, good morning. >> good morning jenna and lester. good morning, everyone. another person died from the outbreak of a rare form of meningitis. 15 people have died and 198 people have been infected in more than a dozen states. >>> overseas where the shooting of a girl while on hes her way home from school horrified people in pakistan and internation
NBC
Oct 11, 2012 7:00am EDT
. romney has faced a larger, more enthusiastic crowd ever since. campaigning wednesday in the critical battleground state of ohio, trailing in the polls, but narrowing the gap. >> and the key thing i want people across ohio to understand and to ask themselves as you go into the voting booth, as you vote is can we really afford the cost of barack obama? and the answer is no. >> reporter: now tonight's debate will be a town hall format with questions coming from members of the audience. it will focus on both domestic and foreign issues. savannah? >> ron mott, thank you. so what should we expect tonight? david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." and chuck todd is the chief white house correspondent. good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> let's start with your new poll. florida, ohio, and virginia. the battleground states, we'll put the results on the screen. and what we see is a tight, tight dead heat in florida and in virginia. in ohio, you still see the president hanging on to a lead. i guess you could say that romney has the trend line but ohio is still a
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Oct 11, 2012 7:00am PDT
, he will lose. >> reporter: considered the big winner in that first debate, mr. romney has faced a larger, more enthusiastic crowd ever since. campaigning wednesday in the critical battleground state of ohio, trailing in the polls, but narrowing the gap. >> and the key thing i want people across ohio to understand and to ask themselves as you go into the voting booth, as you vote, is can we really afford the cost of barack obama? and the answer is no. >> reporter: now tonight's a debate will be mod rated by abc's martha raditz, both of the candidates seated opposite here. a concession. last week, president obama and mitt romney stood at podiums that is the format that the president's team favors. tonight, they get to sit, that is the format the romney team favors. speaking of governor romney, he is said to be practicing right now for the second debate which we have up in new york city next week. so tonight's the one and only vp debate. it will cover both domestic and foreign issues. savannah? >> ron mott, thank you. so what should we expect tonight? david gregory is moderator of "m
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Oct 8, 2012 4:00am PDT
angeles sunday, heads to san francisco today with romney's poll numbers improving. >> they're looking very good. >> reporter: after the debate, reuters puts mitt romney within two points of the president. tomorrow we'll see both candidates in ohio. there's good reason for that. tomorrow is the last day voters there can register to vote. >> tracie potts in washington, thank you. mitt romney will deliver that major policy speech before noon eastern, but the obama campaign is issuing a preemptive strike with this new tv ad criticizing the republican candidate's past foreign policy faux pas. take a look. >> reckless. amateurish. that's what news media and fellow republicans called mitt romney's gaffe-filled july tour of england, israel, and poland, when our u.s. diplomats were attacked in libya, "the new york times" said romney's knee jerk response showed an extraordinary lack of presidential character. >> the obama campaign sed this will be romney's seventh speech on foreign policy. >>> venezuelan president hugo chavez gets to keep his job for another six years, but his re-election came
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Oct 15, 2012 4:30am EDT
polls' margin of error. but that doesn't mean mitt romney didn't get a big boost. republicans' enthusiasm for their candidate has soared to 59% now, including an 11-point gain in just the past two weeks. both the romney and obama campaigns are expressing concern about the moderator of tuesday's second presidential debate. candy crowley will be hosting the debate, and she suggested that she'll play a larger role than agreed to by the candidates. according to "time" magazine's mark halperin, the two campaigns have raised objection saying the moderator's participation should be much more limited than she's leading people to believe. crowley has suggested she'll ask follow-up questions, which is not part of the agreed upon format. >>> as the candidates get in their final cram session before tomorrow night's debate, aides say president obama will be more aggressive, and mitt romney's camp says he'll be ready. for details, we go now to nbc's tracy potts. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. aides say that the president has seen the tape of the last debate, that
NBC
Oct 11, 2012 4:00am PDT
needs to sort of help and pull up the ticket, analysts say. and brand-new poll numbers show that mitt romney made some gains after that presidential debate. he's now leading by one point in virginia. in ohio he's still behind but up by two, and it's still a horse race in florida, a one-point spread between the president and mitt romney there. lynn? >> all right, tracie potts for us in washington. tracie, thanks. and you can watch live coverage of tonight's debate live from danville, kentucky. that's beginning at 9:00 p.m. eastern/6:00 pacific right here on nbc. >>> a week after the first presidential debate the latest nbc news/"wall street journal"/parst poll finds that republican nominee mitt romney has surged in three swing states. governor romney's largest gain was in virginia where he now leads president obama 48% to 47%, a virtual tie and within the margin of error. in florida, president obama retains a one point lead over romney, 48 to 47%. and in that key battleground state of ohio mitt romney gained two points but the president still leads 51% to 45%. >>> well, today marks one
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Oct 10, 2012 4:00am EDT
need? >> reporter: warnings for president obama romney's closing the gap. the latest poll, reuters has them tied, gallup has him up by 2 and q has them up by 4. >> reporter: we were talking about polls in the battleground state. it also looks like according to other polls that pennsylvania and michigan may no longer be safe bets for the president. lynn? >> tracie pots for us in washington. tracie, thank you. >>> a 70-year-old man has become the first person in florida to die from the meningitis outbreak. that brings the death toll to 12. now two lawmakers say they'll write legislation giving the fda more power over specialty pharmacies like the one believed to be at the center of the outbreak. >>> we have an update this morning on that 14-year-old pakistani girl shot in the head by the taliban for blogging. the senior neurosurgeon tells nbc news the girl was operated on today but remains in critical condition. however, he is optimistic about her recovery. she was air lifted to a military hospital after being attacked while on a school bus in the swat valley. in washington the state
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Oct 15, 2012 4:30am EDT
washington post/abc news poll. 46% favor mitt romney, and that puts them within the margin of error. the results are similar to the poll two weeks ago. before the first presidential debate. nearly two-thirds of people surveyed say they don't need any more information before election day to make their decisions. both candidates will spend today and tomorrow preparing for the second presidential debate. that town hall style debate will focus on domestic and foreign policy. president obama practicing for tomorrow night at a resort in williamsburg, virginia. mitt romney is preparing in boston. both sides agree the president has to improve on his performance from the first debate. >> he's got to be more energetic. i think you'll see somebody who's very passionate about the choice that our country faces. >> the president can change his style. he can change his tactics. he can't change his record, and he can't change his policies, and that's what this election is about. >> some obama aides say the president wasn't as prepared as they wanted for the first debate because he had to focus on some o
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Oct 11, 2012 4:30am EDT
time right here on nfc. >>> the latest nbc news wall street journal marist polls find that republican nominee mitt romney has surged in three swing states. governor romney's largest gain was in virginia where he now leads president obama 48 to 47%. that's a virtual tie and within the margin of error. in florida president obama retains a one point lead over romney, 48 to 47%. in that key battleground state of ohio mitt romney gained two points but the president still leads 51 to 45. >>> well, elsewhere today marks one month since the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. yesterday the white house again lied any intentional coverup of what led to the assault and said the investigation continues. lawmakers demanded to know how lax security may have been and whether warning signs were simply ignored. nbc's steve handlesman is in washington. >> reporter: to highlight his concern, president obama had his terrorism advisor john brennan in libya to push the investigation of the 9/11 2012 attack that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three others. but republ
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Oct 8, 2012 6:00am EDT
presidential hopeful mitt romney is closing the gap in the latest poll. according to the politico/george washington university poll, if the election were held today, 49% of americans would vote for the president, and 48% would vote for romney. today mitt romney will deliver a major foreign policy speech. the speech, called the mental of leadership, is the candidate's tenth foreign policy address since 2011. the former massachusetts governor links the attack on the american consulate in benghazi last month to al qaeda saying, "the attacks on america last month should not be seen as random acts. they are expressions of a larger struggle playing out across the middle east. these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others." >>> today president obama will wrap up his two-day fund-raising trip in california. he will also announce the establishment of the cesar chavez national monument. at a concert, he poked fun at himself in a recent debate performance. >> everyone here is incredible professionals, such great friends, and the
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Oct 9, 2012 6:00am EDT
. >>> a post-debate for mitt romney has him leading in at least one poll. a survey by pew research shows mitt romney now holds a 4-point lead over the president, 49% to 45%. it amounts to a huge swing for the former governor who trailed the president by 8 points in pew's previous poll, just about a month ago, 51-43. the poll shows romney's favorability is rising and he is making gains among women and hispanic voters. >>> mitt romney and president obama will be campaigning in the heartland today. romney will be visiting iowa. it will be the gop nominee easily seventh trip to iowa since finishing second in that state's caucuses in january. romney will visit ohio where the president will be this afternoon. mr. obama will be at ohio state university in columbus. he has campaigned on more than 30 college campuses this year. the first lady campaigning for the president today here in northern virginia. michelle obama will speak to supporters at the loudoun county fairgrounds in leesburg this evening. virginia has been a common stop for both candidates and their spouses. mitt romney and hi
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Oct 12, 2012 5:00am EDT
romney campaign get a bump in the polls at least coming out of that debate. so going in, both of these candidates -- vice president biden looking to energize things while paul ryan looking to not dampen any of the enthusiasm that they feel like they gained coming out of the first presidential debate. they talked about a range of topics from taxes to jobs to the economy. and also, some heated exchanges when it came to problems in the middle east. let's take a listen. >> we will not allow the iranians to get a nuclear weapon. >> they're moving faster toward a nuclear weapon. it's because the administration has no credibility on this issue. >> there is no weapon that the iranians have at this point. are you going to go to war? is that what you want to do now? >> we want to prevent war. >> they want to prevent war, but obviously not afraid to skirmish when it comes to the politics of this campaign. early results from the pundits, from the analysts showing they feel like it was mixed, that both sides came in wanting to do certain things, and both men apparently able to do that in the
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Oct 9, 2012 4:30am EDT
today," the race tightens. the latest polls among registered voters put obama and romney dead even. >>> sandusky speaks. hours before being sentenced on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, the 68-year-old proclaims his innocence. >>> and curious scovery. the mars rover finds a bright object on the surface, but what the mars rover finds a bright object on the surface, but what exactly is it? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and the race is on. the 2012 presidential election is just four weeks away, and now new polls show the race between president obama and republican rival mitt romney is closer than ever. nbc's tracie potts has the latest on this. >>> lynn, good morning. it depends which polls you're looking at. a new pew research poll shows romney got a boost. gallup has the president up five points. they think he got a boost after the positive jobs report. mitt romney in virginia yesterday, he moves on today to iowa and ohio, but in virginia he gave a foreign policy speech where he said the world is more dangerous now because
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Oct 15, 2012 5:00am EDT
president obama and mitt romney prepare for their second debate, the race for the white house stands pretty much where it did before the first debate. leads among 3% among likely voters. that's within the poll's margin of error. president obama led by 2% before the first debate, which most voters believe romney won. the obama campaign says the president will be more prepared for tomorrow night's debate. he is preparing right now at a resort in williamsburg, virginia. he visited campaign volunteers nearby yesterday. mitt romney, meanwhile, is practicing in boston. he made just a brief appearance yesterday as he and his wife headed to church. the president's campaign says you can expect a different tone tomorrow night. romney's aides say that won't matter. >>> and this is your last chance to register to vote if you haven't done so already. in fact, today is the deadline to register in virginia. maryland voters have until tomorrow, and the same goes for people in west virginia. in the district, the deadline has already passed register by mail, but you can still register in person. you'l
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Oct 10, 2012 4:00am PDT
romney's closing the gap. the latest poll, reuters has them tied, gallup has romney up by 2, pew has him up by 4. it's not just ohio which you mentioned earlier. new polls now in pennsylvania and michigan show they may not be as sure of a bet for president obama as originally thought. lynn? >> tracie potts in washington, thanks. >>> elsewhere a 70-year-old man has become the first person in florida to die from the meningitis outbreak. that brings the death toll nationwide to 12 at least 119 people in ten states have been affected. now two lawmakers say they'll write legislation giving the fda more power over specialty pharmacies like the one believed to be at the center of the outbreak. >>> we have an update this morning on that 14-year-old pakistani girl shot in the head by the taliban for blogging. the senior neurosurgeon tells nbc news the girl was operated on today but remains in critical condition. however, he is optimistic about her recovery. she was air lifted to a military hospital after being attacked while on a school bus in the swat valley. in washington the state department join
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Oct 10, 2012 6:00am EDT
romney the lead. president obama leads a separate gallup poll in a survey of re registered voters. romney is focusing in the battleground state of ohio for the second day today. no republican has won the election without winning ohio. >>> a congressional committee will meet today to discuss last month's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. it's expected to focus on serious missteps by the state department. ambassador chris stevens and three others were killed in that attack. a state department official will be one of the witnesses to testify before the house oversight committee. he is expected to deny reports the state department ignored requests for additional security in libya in the weeks before the attack. >>> today the supreme court will hear a case on whether race should be a factor considered in college admissions. the nine justices will hear the case of abigail fisher. she says she was denied admission to the university of texas austin in 2008 because she's white. the university says she was denied because she fell outside the top 10% of her class. the decision
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Oct 11, 2012 6:00am EDT
keep their season going. >> and getting tight. the poll just released that shows mitt romney picking up momentum in key places. >>> we'll have those stories just ahead. first we want to go to the news4 ve desk. >> crews still on the scene of a deadly house fire in east baltimore that has killed five people, including four children. take a look. our chopper is now over the scene. wbal is reporting the grandmother and four children were killed. you can see a look at that aerial shot. you can see the apparatus as well as some flashing lights. we know that a man had to jump from a second story window. at one point a firefighter fell through the floor and two firefighters received minor injuries. investigators still not clear how the fire started. >>> thank you. >>> 6:00 a.m., and it is just 48 degrees out there. a chilly start to our day. we have a big baseball game today at nats park. we'll know if it's going to warm up for the baseball game. >> what do you say, v.j.? >> yeah, it's going to warm up, just not quite where we were yesterday. ten degrees cooler today. >> whoa. th's
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Oct 10, 2012 4:30am EDT
, romney is spending four out of five days there this week. the reason, a new cnn orc poll shows it is a close rate for ohio's 18 electoral votes with 51% of likely voters backing president obama, 47% for romney. that, of course, made closer after last week's debate. meanwhile, ohio's election chief, a republican, has asked the supreme court to reinstate a new law that cuts off the final three days of early voting. an appeals court blocks the law pushed through by state republicans. as romney continues to campaign in ohio, president obama is back in the white house this morning. nbc's tracie pots joins us now with all the latest from washington, tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. good morning, everyone. the president is closing the gap in a number of these battleground states and it continues to say the $5 trillion tax cut romney's proposing would add to the deficit and romney insists it is absolutely not true. >> if he says it's not true, then it's not true. okay. >> reporter: in battleground ohio, president obama insists mitt romney's tax cuts will add $5 trillion t
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Oct 9, 2012 4:30am EDT
lead over the president 49% to 45%. this amounts to a huge swing. the poll also shows that romney's favorability is rising and that he's making gains among women and hispanic voters. >>> this week republicans are focusing on winning over voters in north carolina. senators john mccain and behind day graham will be campaigning on behalf of mitt romney today in the battle ground state. house speaker john boehner will attend events for the gop presidential nominee on friday and saturday. romney himself will campaign in north carolina on thursday. he was in virginia yesterday. he told supporters in newport news that president obama would cut military spending, which will leave hundreds of thousands of virginians without a job. the president will be campaigning in ohio. he'll visit ohio state university in columbus. president obama held more than 30 campaign events on college campuses this year. he'll fly to the buckeye state from california where he wrapped up a lucrative fund-raising trip last night in san francisco. >>> another death linked to that meningitis outbreak. the centers for
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Oct 9, 2012 5:00am EDT
poll. a new survey by pew research shows mitt romney now with a 4-point lead over the president, 49% to 45%. in the same poll taken a month ago, mitt romney actually trailed the president 8 points, 51% to 43%. now, that was just as that hidden camera video surfaced of the gop nominee's 47% comments. the new poll also contained good news for mitt romney on other fronts. his favorability now at 50% for the first time in a pew poll. and the former governor also saw gains among hispanics, women, and voters under the age of 50. >>> the race for virginia's u.s. senate seat is getting personal. tim kaine and george allen squared off in a live televised debate in richmond. allen, a republican, criticized kaine for accepting a j a chairmann governor of virginia. >> how does the governor take on a second job that sends him all over the country, giving partisan speak ofs, while over 100,000 jobs are lost in virginia? >> i'm proud of the fact that when i was governor at a very challenging time, we did a lot to bring businesses to virginia and to have a profile that was significantly greater tha
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Oct 9, 2012 4:00am PDT
to pbs. >> mitt romney taking on our enemies no matter where they nest. >> this comes as the 2012 presidential election is just four weeks away, and now new polls show the race between president obama and republican rival mitt romney is closer than ever. nbc's tracie potts has more from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. they're raising a lot of money, too. which is why we'll see more of those ads. romney today in iowa and ohio. speaking of campaign slogans, turns out he may end up repeating a new one he coined yesterday. we first heard it on monday. he argued president obama's policies made the world more dangerous. >> the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office. >> reporter: romney promised to create one person to deal with the middle east, arm syria's rebels, sanction iran if needed, expand the navy and push free trade. democrats weren't impressed. >> i'm a professor. if one of my students turned it in, they would get a c because he gave absolutely no specifics. >> reporter: pew has it up four points, gallup says
NBC
Oct 11, 2012 5:00am EDT
11:00. >>> mitt romney has enjoyed a boost in several polls from a strong debate performance, but it's a new poll out this morning of voters in swing states that may hold the most encouraging news for the former governor. the poll by nbc news, marist and "wall street journal" shows romney closing the gap in three states. ohio, florida, and right here in virginia. it is virginia that is considered one of the most importan states of this election where romney is really gaining some ground. he now leads the president there 48% to 47%. that is a three-point swing from last week when he trailed by two points. in ohio is where we're also seeing some new numbers this morning. the president still leads there, though. romney has gained two points, though, in the last week to shrink the advantage to 51-45 right now. the president also leading in florida this morning, but only by one percentage point, well within the margin of error for this poll. the only good news for the president here, it is the same lead he held during last week's poll. >> while mitt romney can't be in all key states al
NBC
Oct 10, 2012 5:00am EDT
. early polls show mitt romney leading the presidential race this morning. according to a gallup survey, the gop candidate leads 49%-47%. president obama leads another gallup poll that surveys registered votes. >>> a congressional committee will meet today to discuss last month's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. the hearing is expected to focu on security missteps by the u.s. state department. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed in the attack. a state department official will be along the witnesses to testify before the house oversight committee. he's expected to deny reports the state department ignored requests for additional security in libya in the weeks and months before the attack. the man believed to be behind the anti-muslim film that sparked riots across the middle east is due in court today. a federal judge will decide if mark bassly youssef should be sent back to prison. prosecutors say youssef lied to prosecutors and used aliases. he was behind the 14-minute film called "innocence of muslims" which led to violence in the middle eas
NBC
Oct 11, 2012 4:30am EDT
this week, romney told "the des moines register" that if elected, he would not pursue abortion related legislation. the obama campaign quickly pounced saying he was hiding his stance on women's issues. >> a new poll by nbc news, marist and "the wall street journal" shows the former governor gaining ground in three swing states. romney gained two points since last week in ohio to shrink the gap. in florida, it's just a point lead for the president, 48% to 47%. but it's right here in virginia where mitt romney is seeing the biggest gains hesm now leads the president. last week he trailed by two points. >>> this morning police are stepping up patrols on a popular hiking and biking trail in montgomery county after a series of attacks. montgomery county police say two attack on the capital crescent trail may be linked. they say a teenager grabbed two other teens on september 29th in bethesda and tried to rob them. on friday, police arrested a 16-year-old from rockville in the case. they believe the attack may be linked to a robbery in the same tunnel that happened in july. >> it's i
NBC
Oct 8, 2012 5:00am EDT
as romney closes in on president obama's lead in the polls. nbc's tracie potts live on capitol hill with the latest. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: aaron, good morning. good morning, everyone. he'll be at virginia military institute, his ninth address since summer before last on foreign policy. he expects to draw differences -- show differences, draw a contrast between himself and president obama on a number of issues. key points, including hot spots is syria, libya, egypt. he's expected to talk about having a strong military without cuts to defense, and israel being a strong ally of the united states. specifically on libya, he will say that al qaeda was behind the deaths of our ambassador and three others there, that it was the deliberate work of terrorists -- that's a quote from the advance of his speech -- not the video that's been talked about so much and that it was the same group that attacked on 9/11. on syria, he will urge america to arm the rebels who may end up being in a position of authority there. and in egypt, he will suggest tying the $1 billion in aid we give tha
NBC
Oct 14, 2012 9:00am EDT
there until the debate. john kerry is again playing the role of romney, and romney is traveling all over ohio while preps for the debate. the match up is in new york, and it will be a town hall style. meanwhile, the latest poll numbers may be close, but president obama's campaign has one major lead this morning. with donations from four million people. a top campaign aide says that brings fund raising to more than 181 million. >>> if you haven't registered to vote yet in next month's election, time is running out. virginia voters have to register by tomorrow. absentee voting is under deadline. >> voters can still register in person through this friday. they have to go to any dc public library, fire house, or police station. >>> a traffic alert for drivers in virginia, major ramp and lane closures this weekend. drivers should use the through lanes to get bike, and the ramp for eisenhower and telegraph. they will reopen tomorrow in time for your commute. >>> the redskins look to get back on track, and their star quarterback looks to get back on the field today. they go head to head wi
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